Picture this: crunchy, perfectly seasoned breading wrapped around the juiciest, most flavorful piece of chicken you've ever had in your life. "Since Fried Chicken Night only happens twice a month," Keller says, "people have a wonderful sense of anticipation."

After 12 hours, take the chicken out of the brine, rinse off any aromatics that may be on the chicken. Even as the heat of the oil fluctuated based on the heat of the burner, the bottom of the pot was still hot enough to singe my chicken pieces a tad, so if you're not using an actual deep fryer, use caution and make sure to flip the pieces periodically to make sure they don't brown too much on either side.

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Have one hand be the flour hand, and the other be the buttermilk hand, your hands are going to get very dirty during the process.

Line a second baking sheet with parchment paper. In September 2006, Chef Thomas Keller opened the doors to Ad Hoc, his casual dining venue for showcasing the American comfort food of his childhood. To make this juicy and delectably crisp chicken, chef Thomas Keller soaks it in a lemony brine, then coats and fries it. Boil for 1 minute, stirring to dissolve the salt. Add the chickens, being sure they're completely submerged, and refrigerate overnight. Scrape off any herbs or peppercorns stuck to the skin and cut each bird into 8 pieces, keeping the breast meat on the bone. Cook until golden brown, and has a nice crisp, about 7-9 minutes. Roast or fry the chicken. Fill the pot with at least 2 inches of peanut oil and heat to 320°F. Carefully lower the thighs into the hot oil.

Alexis Swanson Triana pours a Merlot with fried chicken, as fried foods tend to work best with a full-bodied, somewhat tannic wine that can cut through the richness of the fried skin or breading. Cut each chicken into 10 pieces: 2 legs, 2 thighs, 4 breast quarters, and 2 wings. Meanwhile, coat the chicken breasts and wings. This is the best fried chicken ever. Adjust the heat as necessary to return the oil to the proper temperature.

Wow factor is huge, I’ve had multiple people tell me this is the best fried chicken they have ever had when I make this. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more. Food and Wine presents a new network of food pros delivering the most cookable recipes and delicious ideas online. We’ve assembled a list of 50 of the world’s most reliable, inexpensive wines – bottles that offer amazing quality for their price year in and year out. Since its opening, Ad Hoc has received a three-star rating from The San Francisco Chronicle and was featured as one of Food and Wine magazine’s “25 Places to Try.”. Our 22 Best Crock Pot and Slow-Cooker Recipes. Heat oil to 325 over medium-high heat, use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature.

You can make Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc fried chicken at home. Even after soaking in that delicious brine to help flavor and tenderize our chicken, we still need to bread it with additional flavor.

Working with a few pieces at a time, dip the chicken in the buttermilk, then dredge in the flour mixture, pressing so it adheres all over. I like having the flour stations close to where I am going to be deep frying, and also having the chicken and three bowls right next to each other for easy dredging. I personally use a 20qt stock pot. Here is Thomas Keller’s recipe for his amazing Buttermilk Fried Chicken. All courses are served family-style to increase both the conviviality of the Ad Hoc experience and to further recreate the casual comfort of home. Transfer the wings to the rack and turn off the heat.

The next morning I removed the chicken from the brine, rinsed off each piece, dried it with paper towels, and then left it in the fridge until a bit closer to fry time. The chicken may be too salty if you brine the chicken for more than 12 hours. The most important decision would be which fried chicken recipe to use. I’m guessing it’ll be yours too as soon as you try it.

Food & Wine is part of the Meredith Corporation Allrecipes Food Group. This should bring the temperature down considerably. Monday’s is fried chicken night, so either head on up there or give this recipe a try so that you can compare it to the real thing. When the liquid has cooled, place the chicken in the brine for 12 hours. Add the lemon zest and juice and the lemon halves and bring to a simmer over moderate heat, stirring until the salt is dissolved. I've also worked at the Food Network and have a background in film and television.

If not using the chicken immediately, set in a bag back in the fridge. I made my brine Saturday morning, chilled it thoroughly in the fridge, and then submerged the chicken parts later that evening, allowing a full 12 hours to brine overnight.